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November 13, 2018: Less Than A Week Left To Submit Your Thanksgiving Surprise & A Christmas Announcement
Posted by The Story Lover

Dear Readers,

There is less than a week left to get your submission for the Fall Short Story Event Submission submitted. Next Saturday at Midnight PST.

The theme for this years Christmas Short Event is A True Spirit of Christmas, What The Christmas Experience Truly Should Be.  The guidelines are simple all Short Stories should fit the theme or at least be in the neighbourhood. All stories must meet the standard Submissions Guidelines located HERE. The word count should be between 500 and 15,000 words give or take three or four (um...thousand? < giggle >). If in doubt Fred takes 'Cinmon Crumbles' as bribes.  Don't forget to give the Fort Family of Sites permission to host your Short Story, also make sure that your Author name & Copyright Date is in your Short Story as well.

Happy Reading,

 

 

November 1, 2018: A huge welcome!
Posted by AC

I would like to welcome Tigerpaw and his story "Can You Spare A Quarter" to the Featured Stories on the Cafe.

This is one of my favorite stories, which I read way back when the original version was being written. I am honored to be able to provide this story for the readership of the Cafe, and hope that you enjoy it as much as I did. The rest of the chapters will be put up as soon as we can get them online, so keep an eye out for them.

Enjoy!

AC

October 31, 2018: Just In Time For Halloween!
Posted by The Story Lover

Dear Readers,

Just in time for Halloween all of the Death's Day Off Short Story Event submissions have now been posted. So visit F.R.E.D. and read them all.

Don't forget to say thank you to our awesome authors by dropping them a short email.

Happy Reading,

Fred Avatar

 

 

October 29, 2018: A Thanksgiving Surprise, Update and More!
Posted by The Story Lover

Dear Readers,

We now have seven confirmed submissions for this years Fall Short Story Event, A Thanksgiving Surprise, keep those submissions rolling in. Send your Submissions to A Thanksgiving Surprise.

Thanks to all of you that have sent in your submissions, especially the new authors.

We have also resumed posting the submissions for the Death's Day Off Short Story Event from years past.

Don't forget all of our Short Story Events are open to readers as well as authors to contribute.

We will be announcing the Christmas Event shortly.

Happy Reading,

 

 

October 28, 2018: Just in case you thought I was done...
Posted by AC

There are a few things that I'm trying to get wrapped up before we  move on to Part 4 of Memories.  While a scene in progress is being finished, I've decided to take care of a couple of things that somehow got missed in-chapter. In the process, you are going to catch up on quite a few things that make future events make much more sense.

To take care of the issues, I have posted chapters 28 AND 29 of Memories Part 3!

Once the final scene is done in Chapter 30, it will be posted as well - there are already completed scenes from Akeentia in it, as well as some interesting diversions by TheEggman! Stand by for more insanity as soon as it's done!

AC

October 23, 2018: Something special for the CSU readers....
Posted by AC

Not only are you getting stories, but as a present to the readers of the CSU we have brought online the first interface dedicated to everything CSU - the CSU Hub, located at https://csuproductions.com

Not only will you find the stories, but also you'll find the extra little things and utilities that we've made available to you. Things like PDF copies of some of the completed stories, images, and custom multimedia are being added as fast as we can figure out where we stored them while we were building the new setup. (The characters keep moving them!)

I hope y'all enjoy the new setup! For those who like to print out the stories, the PDF versions will handle the reported issues with some printers printing white text on a black background. I am in no way responsible for your large paper bill or the quantity of printer cartridges that you go through!

Enjoy!

AC

October 23, 2018: And the fun continues...
Posted by AC

Just when you thought it was safe to take a break to grab munchies, the party has stepped up a notch! We all know that you can't have a CSU anniversary, without a taste of the story that started it all, and I have once again delivered on the expectations.

"Chapter 27: Please rewind before returning" from Memories Part 3

is now live and awaiting your reading!

It's taken sixteen years to get to this point, and it has been a lot of fun getting here. Thanks to all of the authors past, present, and future who have given their input not only by writing stories that complement Memories, but also have got involved with all the little extras that make the CSU complete. A huge thanks to the most loyal readership that I've ever seen - all of you are awesome, and your comments and suggestions are greatly appriciated.

I'll say that this isn't the last thing you'll see tonight - but I'm no telling what is still up the sleeves of the CSU Author's Group. (Halo courtesy of Kyle)

From the CSU Authors, Cory, Kyle, JJ, Adam, and all of the rest of the characters of the CSU, we can only say THANK YOU!

Hugzzz!!!

AC

 

October 22, 2018: FCS-Las Vegas Chapter 6
Posted by True Fan

Chapter 6 of FCS:Las Vegas is live. I hope you enjoy it.

 

TrueFan

CSU-16 October 22, 2002 = October 22, 2018

October 9, 2018: Update & Reminder: 2018 Fall Short Story Event ~ A Thanksgiving Dinner Surprise!
Posted by The Story Lover

Dear Readers & Authors,

We have received our first entry and it was perfect, it hit the nail right on the head for the theme. So the rest of you get out your keyboards, pen, and or pencils and get writing.

The 2018 Fort Family of Sites Fall Short Story Event's theme is: A Thanksgiving Dinner Surprise! ~ You and your family (who do not know you're gay) decide this year to go out for their Thanksgiving Feast. Mid-way through the meal, someone stops by your table. You are horrified to find out it was a guy you just started dating, who doesn't know you're not out to your family...

As usual, this event is open to all readers and authors of the Fort Family Sites, however, if anyone knows of an author from another site that would like to enter this even just ask them to click on the following link Story Submissions. My staff and I would love to see lots of new authors entering this year.

The rules/guidelines are as follows: Must be theme related should be a minimum of 500 words and no longer than 15,000 words. These are not carved in stone, so please submit away. Submissions are due no later than Midnight PDT on November 17, 2018. All submissions will be posted on Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 2018. Please include the theme title: A Thanksgiving Dinner Surprise! in the title of your story. In case you forgot the email address for submissions is A Thanksgiving Dinner Surprise!

Some pretty amazing stories have come out of the Short Story Events and some wonderful New Authors as well. My Staff and I will be busy posting the previous Fall Short Story Events over the next few weeks. 2007 has been completed and 2008 will be posted shortly.

Happy writing,

Fred The Elf

Fred

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 7, 2018: It worked!
Posted by AC

Just an update -- the server migration is completed, and we are going through everything now to make sure there were no issues.  If you see anything, let one of us know and we'll look into it.

Thanks,

AC

September 30, 2018: Notice to our Faithful Readers
Posted by JeffsFort

Hi Everyone!

I wanted to send out a quick notice to let you all know that as a part of our attempt to keep our hosted sites on fast, reliable, and up to date servers, we will be migrating our sites to brand new equipment with up to date software, including an upgraded operating system. We anticipate no operational downtime for our visitors but where we are physically moving, there may be a very short time where DNS servers may be pointing to the old server even after the new servers are brought online.

If you were planning to do a marathon reading session, go right ahead as the only change that may be noticeable would be sites responding slightly faster than usual. By Thursday if you hear nothing from us then it will be back to business as usual for us behind the scenes and you will see progress return to normal.

We will advise if this schedule changes as the request to greenlight the move is being placed tonight.

Here's to as many reliable years on newer equipment.

-Jeff P-
On behalf of DSS Hosting, CSU Productions

September 15, 2018: 2018 Fall Short Story Event ~ A Thanksgiving Dinner Surprise!
Posted by The Story Lover

Dear Readers & Authors,

The 2018 Fort Family of Sites Fall Short Story Event's theme is: A Thanksgiving Dinner Surprise! ~ You and your family (who do not know you're gay) decide this year to go out for their Thanksgiving Feast. Mid-way through the meal, someone stops by your table. You are horrified to find out it was a guy you just started dating, who doesn't know you're not out to your family...

As usual, this event is open to all readers and authors of the Fort Family Sites, however, if anyone knows of an author from another site that would like to enter this even just ask them to click on the following link Story Submissions. My staff and I would love to see lots of new authors entering this year.

The rules/guidelines are as follows: Must be theme related should be a minimum of 500 words and no longer than 15,000 words. These are not carved in stone, so please submit away. Submissions are due no later than Midnight PDT on November 17, 2018. All submissions will be posted on Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 2018. Please include the theme title: A Thanksgiving Dinner Surprise! in the title of your story. In case you forgot the email address for submissions is A Thanksgiving Dinner Surprise!

Some pretty amazing stories have come out of the Short Story Events and some wonderful New Authors as well. My Staff and I will be busy posting the previous Fall Short Story Events over the next few weeks.

Happy writing,

Fred The Elf

Fred

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 9, 2018: Our favorite Cajun is at it again....
Posted by AC

Boudreaux is having some fun, and it's overflowing the borders of the Story categories!

As of now, after months of discussion where he was filling me in on the plans and plotline of "Twists of Time", the decision has been made that he unintentionally wrote another story in the Clan Short Universe.  As such, it is now listed as CSU on the Cafe, and will be updated on other sites as soon as practical.  There will be no real changes to the plotline of the story, it is just now listed where it should be.

Huggzzz!

AC

September 1, 2018: The Midsomer Short Story Event Submissions Are Live!
Posted by The Story Lover

Dear Readers,

The Midsomer Shory Event with the theme of A Day In The Life Of An Inanimate Object has arrived and the submissions are now live. The Authors and their stories will be listed in alphabetical order, that is except for the very first story, and you will see why that is.

We have a New Author today with his first entry, so please welcome NCNetsurfer and his story about a well-polished object,  A Day In The Life Of An Inanimate Object: A Pet Rock.

Art West has brought us two stories, one with a British feel and one with a twist in the name,  first, we have A Day In The Life Of An Inanimate Object: Being Close, and second A Day In The Life Of Matt.

Beldro Mercier brings us a bit of fantasy with, A Day In The Life Of An Inanimate Object: Through the Looking Glass.

DouglasDD has decided to tickle your fancy with his story, A Day In The Life Of An Inanimate Object: Keying In.

The Story Lover also has brought us two entries, his first is a whimsical look into the wild and woolly world of punctuation surprisingly enough titled, A Day In The Life Of Ugo The Umlaut, followed by a foray into the bountiful word of a nature travelogue with, A Day In The Life Of 'Cap'.

Don't forget to thank the authors for the hard work by dropping them a short email, and please extend a warm welcome to our Newest Author NCNetsurfer.

Happy reading,

Fred The Elf

Fred

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 9, 2018: Midsomer Short Story Event Update & Corrections
Posted by The Story Lover

Dear Authors & Readers,

There is a little over two weeks left for you to get your entries written and submitted. The last day for submissions to be received is Saturday, August 25, 2018, not the 23rd! Posting will begin on Friday, August 31st giving you a four-day reading weekend. At least for the yanks.

Submissions are due by Midnight on the 25th PDT or UTC -7.

Submissions should be between 500 and 15,000 words more or less and the theme is  A Day In The Life Of An Inanimate Object, we have quite a few submissions already and there is always room for more. This event is open to all Fort Family Site Authors and Readers, you don't have to be an established author to submit an entry. There are quite a few Fort Family Authors that got their start with a Short Story Event. If you need your submission edited just let us know and we will see that your submission gets edited. First-time submitters, please give the Fort Family Sites permission to host your story. As always all submissions remain the property of the submitting author. Always include the appropriate Copyright © Info with all Submissions.

Happy writing,

Fred The Elf

Fred

P.S. We will be posting submissions through September 3, 2018, but don't tell anyone.

 

 

 

 

August 7, 2018: Broken Links From True's Fandom
Posted by The Story Lover

Dragon

Dear Readers,

Due to a database crash, True's Fandom is down for repairs, due to that fact some stories that are linked from that site will show as blank chapters We will let you know as soon as the site has been repaired and is fully functional. 

We apologize for the inconvenience, and we have taken steps to ensure that this doesn't happen again.

Take care,

TSL

 

 

July 24, 2018: Midsomer Short Story Event
Posted by The Story Lover

Dear Readers,

Our latest Short Story Event is called A Day In The Life Of An Inanimate Object.

The rules are the usual Minimum 500 Words, Maximum 15,000 Words. 

End Submission Date August 23, 2018.

Posting Date August 29, 2018, for the Labour Day Weekend for the Yanks.

All submissions should be sent to elfmail at events.csuproductions.com with A Day In The Life Of An Inanimate Object as the subject. Substitute the @ sign for at and remove the spaces.

Happy writing,

Fred

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 11, 2018: Update
Posted by Lindon Weztser

Hey everyone!

First and foremost!! Thank you for waiting so patiently for the release of 21! However, I'm still away on a break but slowly starting to get back into writing... which means I will not be on a regular update schedule yet. Ch.21 is now availble to read, and it is a long chapter!
 
Hope you all enoy it, and thank you so much for the support! I always enjoy hearing from you!
Best, 
Lindon Weztser

July 8, 2018: Message from our favorite Cajun
Posted by AC

I received this message from Beaudreaux and I thought it best to pass it on before you read the new chapter of Dear Diary:

Quote: 

Yes, Dear Diary has been updated. This is a humdinger of a chapter though, so be forewarned. There are lines of dialogue from all of the wildest, craziest characters in my division. I'm not sure if our esteemed Clan Archivist (aka my editor) will recover. He seemed to indicate in the negative when he sent the chapter back to me for posting, so in case I need a new editor the position now requires a prescription for valium. If I don't need a new editor, he may need donations to help pay for his valium. Anyway, you have been warned. Read at your own risk.

End Quote

All I'll say is that any donations to help TSL recover will be sent his way!

Enjoy the new chapter!

AC

July 5, 2018: One door closes ....
Posted by AC

Hey all!

Just a small update; besides the events announcement below, there are a couple of other things happening today!

First is that the Fort Family Community ( https://fortfamilyforums.com ) is officially live.

Also, Timmy's Treehouse has been overhauled, ( https://csdhp.org ), check it out!

As those who have been following our two forums know, there have been some major issues due to not being able to update the software. To resolve this, we decided to take the main forum and make it the central hub of all of the Fort Family Sites that are able to be linked into it. As such, all posting announcements and news posts from the sites that are able, as well as posts of news made there directly, are available in one central location. Thanks to Akeentia for the awesome job!

On the Treehouse side, the software was in really bad shape. What we finally decided to do is dedicate the Treehouse to the most unique feature of the Fort Family - interacting with the characters of stories. Any author who wishes to participate can register themselves and whatever characters they want, and it is an open forum for authors, readers, and characters to interact with each other. We have fun doing it, and it sometimes gives us ideas!

Happy 4th!

AC

 

July 4, 2018: The Summer Short Story Event Submissions Are Here!
Posted by The Story Lover

Dear Readers,

Happy Fourth of July to the Yanks.

In the Summer Short Story Parody Event, we have Major Family Parody by The Story Lover, and Sir Garret and Lincoln by True Fan.

For the Summer Short Story Fill In The Blank Event, we have TSL's Fill In The Blank by The Story Lover,  Brynmor - Fill In The Blanks by Brynmor, and Fill In The Blanks Family Secret by Art West.

Don't Forget to let the authors know what you think of their hard work.

Happy reading,

Fred

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 1, 2018: Summer Short Story Events Deadline Near
Posted by The Story Lover

Don't forget that the deadline for submitting your short stories for the Summer Short Story Event is tonight at MIDNITE Pacific Daylight Time for you East Coaster that would be Three AM EDT.

So get your stories written and your requests for Fill In The Blanks in NOW.

All submissions and requests should be mailed to Summer Short Story Parody Event, or Summer Short Story Fill In The Blank Event

All Stories will be posted on July 4, 2018, not July 1 as previously stated!

Happy writing,

Fred

P.S. As usual the deadline isn't carved in stone, however, stories will be posted on the morning of July 4th, 2018

 

June 28, 2018: More Pyro
Posted by The Story Lover

Dear readers,

In our continuing effort to bring revive Pyro's stories, we have a chapter of In Time and Jason for your reading pleasure. We have also given you all three chapters of That's Life.

Happy reading,

TSL

June 18, 2018: Get The Story Lover A Mac Penultimate Update
Posted by The Story Lover

Dragon

Dear Readers,

Thanks to all of your generous donations I have purchased the Mac Pro and it will be delivered Wednesday. The GoFundMe Account will remain active for a little bit longer, as there is still some software to be purchased. I will be purchasing Scrivener, Coda, and Affinity Photo, eventually, I will probably purchase Pathfinder as well.

Thanks again for all of your help, it is greatly appreciated.

Happy Reading,

TSL

P.S. ' Goos', Jonah, Joth, Just', A'exii, S'ean, and Alex say thanks as well. 

June 18, 2018: Party at Comsie's Place!!!
Posted by JeffsFort

Hi guys!

Yup, I said it. PARTY TIME!!! With cake and burgers and candy and soda and hotdogs...

So this Tuesday is a big day for someone who has been like family longer than there was a Fort Family so, he just is Fort Family and always will be... Why the party? You mean besides "why not"? Hehehe. The reason is a big one and one that is making us realize just how long we've been at it out here. :O

On Tuesday, June 19th, "Comicality's Shack Out Back" turns 20 years old!  

Twenty years of friendship and foolishness, and I'm one of the many who followed the lead of a man who would teach us all to share who we are with the world; to demonstrate that when you feel the loneliest, sadly enough, there are many more who feel the same. When you feel beaten down, you are in good company. When you need a smile, it may be easier to find than you think and regardless of who you feel that you are, we wouldn't have you any other way. So what does he have in store? I have no clue! (I do but, I'm not tellin :P)

All I can say is keep an eye on the Shack for announcements. Poke through the forums over there and look at the many projects he has set up. There are big things happening and I for one, am excited that our family and his has always intertwined and with this celebration, that intertwining continues in all its dysfunctional glory, as it should be. Hehehe... More news to come but remember to mark the calendar and don't forget to show off your "C". (For those of you who know why my hat is off to you brother :)

Happy Anniversary Comicality!!! (20 years... You show off! *HUGZ*)

-JeffsFort-

 

 

June 16, 2018: Summer Short Story Events Update #2
Posted by The Story Lover

Folks,

The deadline for the Summer Short Story Event is getting closer June 30th is only fourteen days away. 

So get your stories written and your requests for Fill In The Blanks in soon.

All submissions and requests should be mailed to Summer Short Story Parody Event, or Summer Short Story Fill In The Blank Event

All Stories will be posted on July 4, 2018, not July 1 as previously stated!

Happy writing,

Fred

May 28, 2018: Our Chief Editor Needs our Help
Posted by ACFan

As most of you know, The Story lover has been the driving force behind the works of a very large percentage of our stories. Be it as head editor, continuity manager or as host. He is the glue that holds us all together. Well, today he does need our assistance. We all know how badly he's been struggling to do the same level of work on some really outdated equipment. If you're able to help him out, you would be helping us all. This is what he posted on his own site. *HUGZ* Thanks for any help you can offer!

ACFan


Dear Readers,

After a lot of mental deliberations, I have come to the conclusion that is time to switch from a Windows PC to a Mac PC. Since the majority of the Fort Family Admins use Macs this will allow me to use the same software that they are using. This will also allow me to avoid any of the issues associated with Windows Ten. The new Mac will give me many more years of writing and update this site. 

If you would like to help just click on the following link ~ Get A Mac For The Story Lover

Thanks,

TSL

May 14, 2018: Surprise!!!
Posted by AC

Hey all!

Despite the interference of real life, the boys of Clan Short got their way and Chapter 8 of 'CSV-DSM' is now live! As the Battle of Earth rages on around them, the boys deal with an issue that pops up in the chaos, and in the process tighten an alliance began by their Patriarch. I hope you enjoy it, and I can't wait to see comments y'all make on our Discord channel!

AC

May 12, 2018: New Story From Boudreaux - Gifts
Posted by The Story Lover

Thanks to Jeff's Fort we have a brand New Story Gifts from the Crazy Cajun. This story is a bit different even for Boudreaux, so check it out you will be surprised.

Don't forget to pay the Crazy Cajun for his hard work by dropping him a short email.

Happy reading,

TSL

May 6, 2018: Brynnhollow Universe Being Added
Posted by The Story Lover

Dear Readers,

I am in the process of adding the Brynnhollow Universe by MultiMapper and I seriously underestimated the number of chapters involved. Unfortunately, by adding so many chapters, I inadvertently pushed a lot of other chapters off of the main page. I will hold off adding the rest of the stories and chapters until tomorrow and then I will limit the number of chapters posted.

Take care,

TSL

April 29, 2018: Story Removal Due To Publication
Posted by The Story Lover

Dear Readers,

Due to Drummer Boy being published and at the request of the author and his publisher, the story has been removed from the site.

Take care,

TSL

April 23, 2018: Two New Short Story Events
Posted by The Story Lover

Folks we are excited to announce our latest Short Story Events! Yes, you read that right I said Events, plural.

The First Event is the Parody Event, you can parody any published story on any of the Fort Family Sites. The standard rules apply, with one additional MANDATORY Rule, you must have written permission from the author whose story you want to parody and that permission must be submitted along with your Short Story. No Permission, No Story!

The Second Event is the Fill In The Blanks Event. You will get the opening paragraph and a middle paragraph and you fill in the rest. The opening paragraph will revolve around the first day as a Senior in High School or a Freshman in College. The middle Paragraph revolves around a party that the main character went to and the morning after when he/she wakes up in their bed in someone else's clothes. The rest of the story is up to you, I will supply the paragraphs to any author that wants to enter this event.

Both Events will end at Midnight PDT on June 30, 2018. All entries will be posted on July 1, 2018, here on F.R.E.D.
The short stories must be between 500 words and 15,000 words,
This event is open to all readers and authors.
Authors must authorize the Fort Family of Sites, by written permission to host their stories.

All submissions and requests should be mailed to Summer Short Story Parody Event, or Summer Short Story Fill In The Blank Event

Happy writing,

Fred 

 

Folks we are excited to announce our latest Short Story Events! Yes, you read that right I said Events, plural.

The First Event is the Parody Event, you can parody any published story on any of the Fort Family Sites. The standard rules apply, with one additional MANDATORY Rule, you must have written permission from the author whose story you want to parody and that permission must be submitted along with your Short Story. No Permission, No Story!

The Second Event is the Fill In The Blanks Event. You will get the opening paragraph and a middle paragraph and you fill in the rest. The opening paragraph will revolve around the first day as a Senior in High School or a Freshman in College. The middle Paragraph revolves around a party that the main character went to and the morning after when he/she wakes up in their bed in someone else's clothes. The rest of the story is up to you, I will supply the paragraphs to any author that wants to enter this event.

Both Events will end at Midnight PDT on June 30, 2018. All entries will be posted on July 1, 2018, here on F.R.E.D.
The short stories must be between 500 words and 15,000 words,
This event is open to all readers and authors.
Authors must authorize the Fort Family of Sites, by written permission to host their stories.

All submissions and requests should be mailed to Summer Short Story Parody Event, or Summer Short Story Fill In The Blank Event

Happy writing,

Fred

 

April 22, 2018: New Site Fort Family Community
Posted by The Story Lover

The Fort Family of Sites is proud to announce your One Stop Shop for all of your Fort Family Site News; the new Fort Family Community Site. All News Posts and Latest Chapters from all of the Fort Family Sites will now appear on our new Fort Family Comunity Site. Hop on over and check it out.

April 21, 2018: New Author
Posted by True Fan

The Corner Cafe would like to welcome another new author to the site.

Lincoln has written his very first poem, entitled "Pain", and has decided to share it with us.

Give it a read and let him know what you think!

TrueFan

April 19, 2018: More Shadeside
Posted by The Story Lover

Thanks to MultiMapper we have the concluding chapter of Shadeside Book One: Part Four - In the Dark and the beginning chapter of Shadeside Book One: Part Five - Of Darkness and Night.

Have a great day,

The Story Lover

April 7, 2018: More Stuff To Read!
Posted by True Fan

Corner Cafe is pleased to bring you another co-hosted author.

Stannie brings you "The Others" which is the first book of his continuing story "The Anonymous Blogger."

Take a look at it and let him know what you think!

 

Also, check out some of the other authors on True's Fandom including Comicality, Nick Brady, Shadow Assassin, and others!

TrueFan

April 6, 2018: Welcome to Corin!
Posted by True Fan

Broken Boy by Corin is now co-hosted on Corner Cafe! Check it out and let Corin know what you think!

TrueFan

April 5, 2018: Drummer Boy Book Three
Posted by The Story Lover

Dear Readers,

Drummer Boy Book Three ~ Mir Pacifica has been temporarily removed at the Author's request. The story will be back as soon as the author sends us the appropriate chapters.

We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause you the readers. 

Take care,

TSL & ACFan

April 2, 2018: Lincoln: Chapter 18
Posted by True Fan

I have the distinct honor to inform all of you that Lindon has posted Lincoln: The Family I never Expected: Chapter 18. 

As usual, Lindon has given us another suspense filled chapter. There is a lot happening in the lives of the boys.

We hope you enjoy this chapter, and don't forget to let Lindon know what you think!

Also, if you haven't joined yet, we have a Discord Chat for the Fort Family. Join Lindon and many other authors and readers to discuss your favorite stories!

You can join the chat by following this link.

TrueFam

April 2, 2018: Lincoln, The Family I Never Expected
Posted by Lindon Weztser

Hey everyone,

Chapter 18 of the story Lincoln, The Family I Never Expected has been released.

I hope you all enjoy it, but also wanted to warn you that the chapter is decently long. Anyhow, thank you for the feedback, I appericate hearing from everyone.

Cheers,

Lindon

March 29, 2018: Zarek Dragon
Posted by True Fan

I have the unpleasant task of informing everyone that on March 29, 2018 at 02:30am Eastern time, the Mother of one of our Authors, one of our Family, passed away.

Please keep Zarek in your thoughts and/or prayers. He asked me to let everyone know.

Zarek, on behalf of everyone whose life you have touched we offer you our most sincere condolences.

TrueFan

 

March 23, 2018: Aiden Book I
Posted by True Fan

Chapter Five: Gordon of Aiden ~ Book I has been posted.

Please let DouglasDD know what you think of it!

True

March 23, 2018: True's Fandom adds HUGE Author
Posted by True Fan

True's Fandom IS BEYOND PROUD TO ANNOUNCE A NEW AUTHOR BEING ADDED TO THE SITE!

Over the next few days and weeks, we will be adding stories by a preeminent author... one known for some pretty amazing stories!

Please join me in welcoming:

COMICALITY

Comsie has been a mentor to me and many of the other Fort Family for many years. We are so very excited to welcome him with open arms. Don't forget to let him know what you think! Let him know where you're reading his stories. And... let me pass on the same advice he gave me... write something!

True

 

March 21, 2018: WE HAVE A NEW FORT FAMILY SITE!
Posted by True Fan

Dear Readers,

The Fort Family Sites is proud to announce our newest FFS True's Fandom, the new home of True Fan's Stories. He will have some stories and authors not available on our other sites.

So go check out his site, and don't forget to let me know what you think of this new site

True

 

 

March 10, 2018: Welcome to a New Author
Posted by True Fan

On Behalf of the Fort Family Sites and Corner Cafe, I would like to welcome a new young author to our ever-growing family.

Garret D.M. has now published two poems, "Chosen" and "Insomnia" and the first chapter of his full-story, "Boise, ID" has just gone live.

I hope you all enjoy his work as much as I have.

Welcome to the Family, Garret!

 

TrueFan

March 9, 2018: FCS: Las Vegas Chapter 5 posted
Posted by True Fan

The next installment (Chapter 5: Gonna Need A Bigger House) from FCS: Las Vegas has been posted.

I'll tell you now, there's a 'dramatic pause' at the end... But... a little suspense is good for you!

Let me know what you think of it!

True

March 7, 2018: DouglasDD Brings us Aiden - Book I
Posted by True Fan

DouglasDD brings us another of his spectacular stories.

Corner Cafe is proud to bring us another in the popular Mayfield Series by this exceptional author.

We hope you enjoy, Aiden - Book I.

 

TrueFan

March 1, 2018: Readers and Ch.17
Posted by Lindon Weztser

Hey Everyone,

Hey everyone, I hope you all enjoyed Ch. 16. Unfortunately, there is going to be a wait for 17. Chapter 17, of the story "Lincoln, The Family I Never Expected" will not be posted for two weeks, maybe even two in half weeks. I will be swamped, and will not be able to write.  You can still email me at Lindon.Weztser90@gmail.com  but responses will be delayed. 

Speaking of emails, thank you so much for the support and feedback. Honestly, you all are fantastic. Keep it Up!!

Lastly, if you want to discuss or talk to some of the authors on this great website, the fort family has a Discord chat for authors and readers to communicate with each other, and we would like to invite you to join it. You can click the link below, and it will guide you through the setup. No personal information is needed besides an email, and you create your own username. I highly recommend giving the app a try! You can interact with terrific authors such as TrueFan, ACFan, TSL, Master Luke, and so many more.
https://discord.gg/KwC9bfV

You all should join the discord chat, its a lot of fun being able to interact with the authors and other readers who enjoy similar stories. 

Cheers,

Lindon 

February 26, 2018: FCS: Las Vegas rides again
Posted by True Fan

Chapter Four of FCS: Las Vegas has been posted. I truly hope you enjoy this chapter and look forward to all your feedback.

True

February 20, 2018: Story Re-release
Posted by True Fan

Since I started writing it nearly 3 years ago, my writing has improved, as I'm told, rather significantly. As a result, I was prompted to review, re-edit, and re-release my story "Priorities."

I have been told that many of you might like to see the differences in these two releases of the story, so, as a result, I am posting a 'new' story entitled:

Priorities ~ Book I ~ (Revised)

In an effort not to deluge the listing of new chapter postings, I will be releasing one chapter of the 7 chapter 'book' every day or two. Work has commenced in  enhancing those chapters of Priorities Book II that have already been posted. I will begin posting those new chapters as is possible after Book I is complete.

I truly hope you enjoy the revised version of Priorities Book I and would love to hear your response to it.

Thanks again!

True

 

Also, I would like to commend Akeentia and The Story Lover for the way the move to our new server was accomplished. It seemed to go off without a hitch and I am certain we'll be much happier with this new server, whether we be reader or author.

February 19, 2018: UPDATE & You readers are amazing!!
Posted by Lindon Weztser

Dear Readers,

I want to take the time to thank you all for your support. Lincoln, The Family I Never Expected has flourished to heights I couldn't have imagined. So thank you for the emails, support, and reviews. I have enjoyed reading every single one!

Now, I am officially caught up with old chapters, so chapter 16 will be brand new! Which means I won't be posting as frequently, but you shouldn't have to wait too long to read.

Once again, thank you for following along and reading each chapter. You guys are amazing!

Lastly, if you want to discuss or talk to some of the authors on this great website, the fort family has a Discord chat for authors and readers to communicate with each other, and we would like to invite you to join it. You can click the link below, and it will guide you through the setup. No personal information is needed besides an email, and you create your own username. I highly recommend giving the app a try! You can interact with terrific authors such as TrueFan, ACFan, TSL, Master Luke, and so many more.
https://discord.gg/KwC9bfV

Best Regards,
Lindon Weztser
Email: Lindon.Weztser90@gmail.com

February 17, 2018: The Second Ask The Author Interview Has Been Scheduled
Posted by The Story Lover

Dear Readers,

 

Beldro the Magnificent will be giving the second scheduled Ask The Author Interview on the FFS Asylum Discord Channel. This interview will be hosted by The Story Lover with the assistance of the other FFS Admins.

The first interview with True Fan went really well, so get your questions ready for Beldro The Magnificant next Saturday, February 24, 2018, at 18:00 EST, 15:00 PST, or 23:00 UTC. 3:00 PM, 6:00 PM and 11:00 PM UTC.

To participate just click on the following link ~ FFS Asylum Discord Discord Accounts are free and only take a few minutes to set up.

We are looking forward to seeing lots of readers and authors next Saturday, so come and join the fun.

TSL

 

February 17, 2018: Fort Family Discord Server
Posted by True Fan

For those of you who are not aware, the Fort Family of Sites has a Discord Server. It's called the FFS Asylum. Come join in on the insanity!

As of now we have over 30 members, many of them are Authors of your favorite stories. ACFan, JeffP, Lindon Wezter, Beldro the Magnificent, TSL...

If you wish to join, follow this link: FFS Asylum Discord

Also...

On Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 3pm Eastern, we will host the first ever "Ask the Author" interview.

It will start at 3pm EST (noon, PST, assuming the author is awake by then) and will last until it ends, but not later than 5pm EST.

The Guest for this week will be yours truly. TrueFan.

Get your questions ready and join us... it's sure to be a blast!

 

True

February 15, 2018: More Str8mayb & More MultiMapper
Posted by The Story Lover

With two more chapter of Shadeside Book Two by MultiMapper, Book Two is now complete Book Three will appear soon.

We now have Str8mayb's Fire Book Two and 316 both from the Haven Universe.

TSL

February 14, 2018: The Cupid's Arrows Short Stories Have Flown In
Posted by The Story Lover

Dear Readers,

 We have an incredulous collection of Cupid missing with his arrows they range from the Romantic to the I Can't believe you wrote that. They are all a lot of fun to read. They have arrived in alphabetical order:

  • It Came From Denny's: From Coffee With Love by Akeentia ~ Yes folks he is back writing!
  • Stupid Cupid 's Bent Arrows by Art West
  • Was It Cupid or Was It Morphine? by Boudreaux
  • Cupid Lets One Rip by Brynmor
  • Cupid Steps In by Jeff's Fort aka Jeff P.
  • Don't Screw With My Family by Maxieplus
  • Cupid's Arrows ~ 2018 by Silver Wolf
  • The Twisted Princess or is it Prince? by The Story Lover
  • Cupid Missed by True Fan
  • Cupid's Arrows ~ 2018 by Zarek Dragon

Thanks to all of the wonderful authors for their entries, please don't forget to write to the authors and let them know that you read their stories.

Fred The Elf

All of the stories are available at the following link = https://events.csuproductions.com/?t=ENW4jjAe

TSL

 

February 13, 2018: FCS: Las Vegas Rides Again!
Posted by True Fan

Chapter 3 of FCS: Las Vegas is awaiting you! 

I hope you enjoy the next installment of life at the Desert Division of Family Clan Short! Thanks for all your feedback, keep it coming!

 

This has been an exciting week for all of us here at the Cafe. We've seen record numbers of chapters read, record numbers of posts, and record numbers (I think) of new Authors.

 

True

February 11, 2018: To our readers...
Posted by AC

I have always believed that the Fort Family readers were awesome, and these last few days have proved it!

All of us site owners have access to statistics which give us a count of how many chapters have been read in stories. When a new chapter, story, or author goes live, each of us watches to make sure that they are getting exposure and not being buried. Mattering how busy it gets, that means we might make temporary adjustments to the amount of new chapters shown on the main page, or we will do a special news summary. Since January 1st, not only has the Cafe' had a record number of new chapters up until now, but I have found that even with as busy as it has been you readers are still finding previous updates and reading them at the same pace as you would in slower months.

To the Cafe' authors, I congratulate you on how well your stories have held up under this surge - it proves that you really do write awesome stories when your readership does nothing but increase in quantity and speed in accessing new chapters. You guys are the reason for the Cafe', and I'm proud of how all of you continue to gain more followers.

I would like to give a quick summary of the 2018 posts to date, just to acknowledge everyone who has contributed to this awesome start to the new year:

There you have it as of now; an amazing 91 chapters in under one-and-one-half months!

Thank you Authors and Readers for chosing the Cafe'; you're all the BEST!

AC

February 11, 2018: ANOTHER NEW AUTHOR???
Posted by True Fan

ACFan said that I've lost my last marble? What do you say to adding a 3rd new Author to the Cafe in as many days?

We'd like to welcome DouglasDD to the Cafe with his story "Rough Edges." The first two chapters are being posted tonight and the rest will show up over the near future. Join me in welcoming DouglasDD!

If you enjoy his story, let him know!

 

TrueFan

February 10, 2018: A little 'friendly' competition...
Posted by True Fan

Well... it seems that there's a little undeclared 'Chapter War' ongoing...

The story Lincoln and my FCS: Las Vegas both had their debut on CORNERCAFE.US on the same day. Since then we have see-sawed back and forth as to who is getting the most reads...it's a fun little competition.

So, I know I posted Chapter 1 of FCS: Las Vegas earlier today, but I went ahead and posted Chapter 2 today as well. As far as the Chapter War is concerned, Lindon has far more chapters already written than I do of FCS so I will graciously concede that he wins the Chapter War.

For those of you who have NOT read Lincoln, I sincerely recommend you do. It's one of the best stories I've seen lately and for his first ever story, he's doing an exceedingly impressive job.

A month or so ago, I chose to post exclusively on the Fort Family of Sites, deciding that other sites are of far lower quality in a) presentation and b) content. Besides readers on the Fort Family of Sites are FAR more sophisticated. 

I hope you all enjoy Chapter 2 of FCS: Las Vegas and I look forward to hearing from each of you by email!

True

 

February 9, 2018: Awesome
Posted by Lindon Weztser

I am going to second what True Fan said earlier, It's awesome getting to interact with everyone and I am honored that AC and TSL have allowed me to post my story for everyone to read!

I will try to release the reminding chapters in a timely fashion, but the process of editing is a bare and slows down the time in which I can release each chapter. Lincoln is my first and only story I have written, and I excited to share more with everyone!

Please don't be hesitant to email me about anything. If you want to discuss a chapter or just want to share your thoughts, I am always open to hear from readers. (Positive and Negative comments are accepted) My email is Lindon.Weztser90@gmail.com   

Cheers and I hope you enjoy Lincoln, The Family I Never Expected

Lindon

February 9, 2018: Along with True Fan's post below...
Posted by AC

I would like to thank all of you readers for the welcome that you have given True Fan and Lindon!

As noted below, True Fan has posted Chapter 1 of FCS: Las Vegas. "Chapter 1: The Rescue (Part 1)" from FCS: Las Vegas by True Fan Posted February 9, 2018

By sheer luck, Lindon has chosen to post Chapter 2 of Lincoln as well! "Lincoln-2, Answers" from Lincoln, The Family I Never Expected by Lindon Weztser Posted February 9, 2018

Talk about starting the weekend right! Please make sure that these two authors know what you think - as the views of their first chapters proved, both have exceptional stories to tell, and they are both doing an outstanding job telling them!

Have an awesome weekend!

AC

February 9, 2018: You guys are like WOW!
Posted by True Fan

Wow! You guys here at cornercafe.us are amazing.

I was very honored to be asked by AC and the other CSU authors to join their ranks, and the response to the FCS: Las Vegas Prologue literally floored me. Today, I'm posting Chapter 1 of FCS: Las Vegas and I hope you all enjoy it and the chapters yet to come.

In addition, cornercafe.us is also hosting a couple of my other stories. First is a short story I wrote a couple of years ago called "It's In His Kiss" and the other is my feature story called "Priorities" which is currently ongoing and divided into two books (so far). Book I is basically an extended prologue and Book II gets into the 'meat' of the story.

I look forward to a long relationship with all of you. If at any time you wish to let me know what you think of what I've written, please don't hesitate to drop me an email at TrueFan.

Positive feedback, as well as constructive criticism, is always welcome. 

Thanks for the opportunity!

True

February 8, 2018: Cupid's Arrows Update
Posted by The Story Lover

Although the 'Carved in Stone Official Deadline' has passed Fred the Elf is still accepting entries of the Cupid's Arrows ~ 2018 Short Story Event. He has graciously extended the deadline until 11:59 PM PST February 12, 2018. Please submit all entries to Fred The Elf.

TSL for Fred the Elf

February 7, 2018: Welcome Lindon!
Posted by AC

The Cafe extends a warm welcome to Lindon Weztser, author of the story "Lincoln, The Family I Never Expected". This is an awesome story, I highly recommend you take the time to give it a read! The first chapter is now live, with more to follow as soon as he has time to edit a few typos in the originals.

Enjoy!

AC

February 7, 2018: Just when you thought it was safe...
Posted by AC

Look out everyone, True Fan has lost his last marble and joined the ranks of the CSU Authors! If you look at "Prologue: Abducted" from FCS: Las Vegas by True Fan you will find that he fits in well with the rest of us, and I look forward to many nights of cookies and coffee.

Welcome to the family, True Fan!

AC

February 4, 2018: A New Author Has Arrived
Posted by The Story Lover

Please give a warm Café welcome to Master Luke and his CSU FanFic Wormhole, this is his first foray into writing FanFic so don't forget to tell him that you read his story.

Boudreaux was also gracious enough to bring us Chapter Three of Fantasy Faire.

TSL

February 1, 2018: New Memories chapter posted!
Posted by AC

What happens when Davie gets involved with Orlando? That scenario gets explored in the latest chapter of Memories, and the spaghetti is flying! Make sure you stock up on popcorn, because this is one heck of a show!

AC

January 7, 2018: Cupid's Arrows Event Now Live
Posted by The Story Lover

Attention all readers, authors and those that want to be authors, over at F.R.E.D we have another Short Story event a Valentine's Day Event called Cupid's Arrows the rules are pretty much the same as for the Christmas Event, with a slight twist.  

The Short Story should concern Cupid's Arrows missing and hitting the wrong person. Someone setting the cap for someone and ending up with someone completely opposite or different.  All unedited submissions are due by January 31st and edited entries by February 7th. All stories will be posted on F.R.E.D. on Valentines Day February 14th.

All submissions and questions should be sent to the following email address ~ elfmail at events.csuproductions.com Substitute the 'at' with the @ symbol and delete the spaces. 

Let's hope that a lot of Cupid's Arrows miss their target and we get to read all about it.

TSL for Fred the Elf 

January 1, 2018: Saying goodbye...
Posted by JeffsFort

It is now the end of the year and as good as 2017 has been to our sites, it is now time to say goodbye. What a better way to do so with a chapter of a CSU story that will finally allow us to also say goodbye to quite a few loose ends (as the subtitle suggests).

With the help of one of the best editing teams cookies can buy, "Sentenced to Life: Chapter 18 - Loose Ends" is now live on the sites and is just in time to claim the "Final CSU Posting of the Year 2017"! So if you were planning to watch the ball drop on TV or go to a local event or even go to bed early to ring in the new year, change your plans now and start reading (no, I'm not serious, unless you want to start reading now. Who am I to stop you?). 

So, from all of us at the Fort Family of Sites, Happy New Year! Let's make it one of the best ever!
*HUGZ*
JeffsFort@gmail.com

December 30, 2017: Happy New Year, and a bug fix!
Posted by AC

Happy New Year!

Bill W has given us 3 new chapters of Sword Of Kings 2 to keep you happy!

Also, we discovered an issue with the final two chapters of Castaway Hotel: Next Generation Book 2. The "NEXT" buttons were not working right; it was an easy fix, once we found it! The chapters were able to be accessed through the chapter listing, it was just the next button that was acting up.

AC

December 25, 2017: A gift to all of our readers!
Posted by AC

As today is meant to celebrate Love, it is only fitting that you get a very special chapter of The Mikyvis Chronicles: Concert Series. In this segment, the boys visit a place that is the polar opposite of their last location, leading to some very touching events occuring. Follow along as Time Touched and Platinum Habits not only learn about a new culture, but make friends who could very well last a lifetime!

Merry Christmas from ACFan and TheEggman!

December 25, 2017: Merry Christmas!
Posted by AC

Merry Christmas to all of our readers who celebrate, and Happy Holiday to those who don't.

A couple of our characters decided to get together and give you all a present! Thanks to Danny Page from Sentenced To Life and Sean Short from Memories, there is a new chapter of The Most Amazing Story Ever Written: Part Two now live for your amusement. I just read what they wrote, and quite honestly I had no idea that those two were that nuts!

Hope that you enjoy!

AC

December 24, 2017: Welcome back to our Events site!
Posted by AC

*** NEWSFLASH***

PRIORITY: URGENT!

The Fort Family has been invaded by F.R.E.D. (Under the alias "Fort Readers Event District"). This Elf is wanted by all for hosting themed story collections and spreading holiday cheer. He was last spotted at http://events.csuproductions.com and is armed with cookies and considered harmless.

All readers are encouraged to apprehend FRED and investigate the stories he has collected. 

AC

December 24, 2017: Welcome to Version 3
Posted by AC

Hey everyone! Akeentia gave the Cafe an early Christmas present...  we have just been updated to Version 3 of the site software!

From your end you might not see many changes, but the authors and owners are getting some serious stability and operational improvements. Overall it is a major upgrade, and Akeentia deserves major kudos for pulling off another well-done execution of the software he developed - despite our best attempts at sidelining him with feature requests!

Please let us know if you spot anything we missed in our testing!

AC

December 23, 2017: Upcoming Site Maintenance
Posted by The Story Lover

Sometime Saturday morning December 23rd all Fort Family Sites will be going down for some important maintenance.  We will have all sites back up and be running better than before as soon as possible.

Thank you for your patience,

TSL for The Fort Family Admins and Webmasters

December 23, 2017: Fire Has Arrived
Posted by The Story Lover

Fire Book One By Str8mayb has arrived for your reading pleasure. Take another trip down The Haven Universe lane. ;)

Happy Reading,

TSL

December 22, 2017: A Christmas Extravaganza 2017 Postponed
Posted by The Story Lover

Dear Readers,

I must regretfully announce that I must reluctantly postpone this year's Christmas Extravaganza until Saturday Evening December 23rd. The cold/flu bug that I have been dealing with is relentless and won't let up. However, one way or another the stories will be posted Saturday Evening. I apologize for the delay.

F.Y.I the last day for submissions for the Christmas Short Story Event is still Midnight PST Friday, December 22nd.

Discord user please don't forget to vote to remove the character limits Suggest Character Limit Change on Discord We need your vote so please vote.

Enjoy your reading, 

TSL, 'Goos',  the Three J's, S'ean, A'lexii, and the Imps

December 20, 2017: New Author On The Annex
Posted by The Story Lover

Kurt King with his story The New Life of Xander King has joined The Annex so hop on over and welcome him.

TSL

December 18, 2017: Attention Readers and Discord users!!!
Posted by JeffsFort

Your authors need your help. As many people are aware, a certain chat service that specialized in advanced conference features has finally been overworked to the point of actually being unusable for our team. Since 2004, The Fort Family Authors Group, and all contributing authors to the "Clan Short Universe" series have heavily relied on this chat client and recent developments have made work behind the scenes difficult and even impossible in some cases. This means work being released can be severely delayed in some cases, which is already something that we try to avoid whenever possible.

In researching possible replacements, "Discord" is an absolute front-runner, with one glaring exception. There is a character limit placed on all servers that make it difficult to work with larger bodies of text. (That's a huge issue actually.) So, why am I posting this tonight? We need your help.

The feature change is possible but, the way Discord prioritizes its growth is through a request and upvote system. (Actually, a really cool process.) So we need to ask for your help. If you are a Discord user, please click the link below and upvote this topic. If you aren't a user, check out the chat client, it was designed with gamers in mind but is awesome for collaborating, congregating or even just hanging out. Maybe create a login and when you do, maybe give this feature an upvote...maybe < GRIN >

Suggest Character Limit Change on Discord

Thank you for your help,
*HUGZ*
JeffsFort@gmail.com

December 3, 2017: Christmas Extravaganza 2017
Posted by The Story Lover

Dear Readers,

I must regretfully announce that I must reluctantly postpone this year's Christmas Extravaganza until Saturday Evening December 23rd. The cold/flu bug that I have been dealing with is relentless and won't let up. However, one way or another the stories will be posted Saturday Evening. I apologize for the delay.

F.Y.I the last day for submissions for the Christmas Short Story Event is still Midnight PST Friday, December 22nd.

Discord user please don't forget to vote to remove the character limits Suggest Character Limit Change on Discord We need your vote so please vote.

Enjoy your reading, 

TSL, 'Goos',  the Three J's, S'ean, A'lexii, and the Imps

November 23, 2017: Happy Thanksgiving
Posted by The Story Lover

Happy Thanksgiving to all those that celebrate this holiday and a warm thanks to all of the authors and readers of this site.

Haven Book Three by Str8mayb has finally arrived.

Bill W. keeps on rolling along with more chapters of Sword of Kings: 1.

MultiMapper has joined the fun with more chapters of Shadeside: Book One - For the Night.

Jeff's Fort even snuck in another CTRL-Z Scene Children Never Forget.

ACFan and The Eggman have brought us Chapter One of The Mikyvis Chronicles: Concert Series and it is a roller coaster ride of emotions. They have also brought us the First Press Release for the Concert Series.

Enjoy your holiday reading,

TSL

November 4, 2017: Str8mayb's Haven Book Two Has Arrived
Posted by The Story Lover

Haven Book Two by Str8mayb has finally arrived at the Café, so catch up on the further adventures of Tom and Neal the Ben Gay Kid!

Enjoy your reading,

TSL

October 30, 2017: A very busy week!
Posted by AC

First off, I want to welcome our newest author, D. K. Daniels, to the Cafe! To start things off, his Halloween story "Light The Night" is now live, with more stories to follow!

Also, everyone please give a warm Welcome Back to Ozzy - he's been busy making up for his absence!

Bill W  has given us multiple chapters of "Sword Of Kings 1", while Arthur has given us another chapter of "Drummer Boy: Book 2"

We have a few more tricks and treats up our sleeves, so keep your eyes open!

AC

October 22, 2017: New media available
Posted by AC

The more the merrier! TheEggman and myself are in the process of making media available, some for the first time! Check out the new Media section under the Menu, and enjoy!

AC

October 22, 2017: Clan Short Universe Fifteenth Anniversary!
Posted by AC

* Watch for multiple Clan Short Universe story posts from multiple authors! *


Flashback: October 22, 2002

After being laid off by his employer due to staff reductions, a man decides to take the risk and post the results of a dream that had been nagging him for the last two weeks. After multiple times of waking up with the same dream clear in his head, the man begins writing it down. With the urging of another author, Comicality, the man posted his dream for the world to see on the Comicality Library.

The man is known as ACFan, and with seven small words a legend was born...

"Do you remember which key it is?"


Return to current time: October 22, 2017

It is now fifteen years later, and my dream that wouldn't stop until I wrote it down is stronger than ever. Between multiple authors and readers contributing their own dreams, and my own additions to the fabric of the universe, what started as a small story has become a major project that has had an effect on multiple lives.

As I write this, I am in conversation with quite a few of the core authors who were instrumental in turning a single story into a Universe.  In no particular order, the following authors are responsible for giving me the support and advice that made my story into the CSU: Darryl (aka Sleeping Beauty), Akeentia, TSL, JeffP, and Multimapper. As other authors have come and gone, those four have always been responsible for creating the foundation that it was all built on. With the relatively recent addition of TheEggman to the team, this core group is responsible for even more quality in the stories.

Unfortunately, we did lose one author from our group; Dave of D&B is sorely missed, and to this day we are still trying to ensure that we do the characters he created justice. Other authors have moved on to other projects or have had changes to their daily lives that preclude having writing time, but the core group is together once more and supporting each other as our characters move forward.

Most of all, thank you to the readers, some of which have been reading since the very first post. Your feedback and ideas have been greatly appreciated, and at times have pushed us towards finishing something that was stalled.

It has been an amazing fifteen years, and I'm looking forward to the next five years of story progression! Thank you to each and every one of you!

 

AC

October 22, 2017: Changes to a posted chapter!
Posted by AC

Okay, I admit it, I goofed - there were two major blocks of text that somehow managed to vanish from Memories Part 3,  Chapter 23. Thanks to TSL for finding the problem and providing the missing text blocks. There were enough changes that I flagged the chapter as new, so that is why you see it in the new chapter list!

AC

October 20, 2017: The Haven Universe is Now Live
Posted by The Story Lover

Str8mayb has consented to have his Haven Universe join AC's Corner Cafe. Haven Book One is now live and waiting for your reading pleasure. More books and stories will be posted in the near future.

Enjoy your reading,

TSL

October 2, 2017: Cajun Been Busy!
Posted by JeffsFort

Hey everyone!

Just got through helping Boudreaux add some exciting new work for you all to check out. There is a new chapter of "Twists of Time" and he has begun a new story called "Fantasy Faire" which is beginning with a pretty long first chapter. Make sure to grab a snack before you get into it. He has also posted a new short story named "Skinny Dipping" which is a really nice story that resonates with a lot of our own teen years. Be sure to check them all out and don't forget to let him know what you think.

Until the next update - *HUGZ*
-Jeff-
jeffsfort@gmail.com

September 30, 2017: AC is busy doing whatever AC does.
Posted by The Story Lover

While AC is off doing whatever AC does Bill W. has been tirelessly posting his stories and chapters. So I thought I would help out a bit and post a chapter of Drummer Boy: Book Two ~ The Road North by Arthur.

Enjoy your reading,

TSL

September 13, 2017: Treehouse has returned
Posted by AC

I have the treehouse back up, but will be doing some work in the background to figure out how the problem happened - feel free to return to full use!

 

September 12, 2017: Treehouse issues
Posted by AC

Just to let everyone know, Timmy's Treehouse is having issues that I'm still trying to sort out. For now, the site can't be accessed by anyone, and there's no real reason why. Watch for more as I know more!

AC

September 10, 2017: Surprise!!!
Posted by AC

Hey all, despite the best attempts of real life, along with a case of mid-chapter writers block, I am proud to announce that the invasion of Naples is back in full swing!

Thay's right, it can only mean one thing ...

MEMORIES 3 Chapter 24 is LIVE!

This chapter's got it all: surprise visits from various divisions, raiding a trailer park, family bonding, cookie raids ... and a very special event which D&B planned to do before Dave passed away.  So much happens that you just need to read it, I can't do it justice otherwise! Please, let me know what you think!

AC

August 27, 2017: AC SAID SO!!
Posted by The Eggman

The rumors are true!  There is more to Dear Diary and it is posted now!  Thanks to everyone that helped me get DD 29 out of my head and onto the screen.  Several people that reminded that the rather traumatic life changing events I have been through this summer actually give me more time to write now.  Anyhoo, hope you all enjoy the chapter.

Boudreaux

crazycajun@cornercafe.us

August 13, 2017: Updates and more!
Posted by AC

Besides the awesome updates that BillW has been doing, I am happy to announce that The Story Lover has graciously allowed us to add the entire Dragon Earl Universe to the Cafe, as well as assisting with a new Poems secion! Please check them out, there's a lot of great writing there!

August 5, 2017: It's the end of the world as we know it!
Posted by AC

As the Saints all fall over from heart attacks, I am amazed to announce the birthing of a true miracle - "Sentenced To Life" Chapter 17 has rose from the ashes and is now LIVE for your reading pleasure!!  The smelling salts are on the table to the left, and the popcorn that JeffP amazingly didn't burn for once is to the right!

Enjoy!!!

AC

 

July 30, 2017: The Updates Just Keep On Coming
Posted by The Story Lover

While AC has been buried under tons of work the prolofic one Bill W. continues to post one wonderful chapter after another. Thanks Bill I am sure that AC appreciates all your hard work.

I did sneak in and post a chapter of Drummer Boy Book Two while no one was looking.

Take care,

TSL

July 5, 2017: Happy 4th!
Posted by AC

Happy 4th to our American readers!

If you haven't noticed, Bill W. Arthur, and Ozzy have all been busy with new material - they've been posting faster than I can read! That is a good thing though, and I hope that you're enjoying their work as much as I am!

AC

June 28, 2017: Cafe Improvements
Posted by AC

While that sneaky magician Akeentia has been busy doing stuff in the background to help the authors, he snuck in some features for you readers too! The Authors and Stories pages now feature a "Sort by first letter" feature as well as the previous "All" view - which means a LOT less scrolling if you know what story you are looking for!

Thank you, Oh Awesome One!

AC

June 19, 2017: Arthur's Stories
Posted by The Story Lover

We have just finished updating  all of Arthur's Stories including adding new chapters and a New Story The Last Shaman Book Three: The Runner. The chapters that received the most updating in Book One of Drummer Boy are Chapter Two and Chapters Twenty-Five and Twenty-Six.

There has been a lot of rearranging and relinking of stories in the background ; if you find any errors please use the Contact Us button.

TSL

June 18, 2017: New Story added
Posted by AC

While it didn't show on the top of the list, there is a new story from Akeentia on the Cafe - it is called "Operant Unconcious Project", and is available in "Featured Stories"

Also, we are testing out a new feature that will interconnect stories on multiple Fort Family sites - occasionally there might be a story that has temporary issues due to it being converted for sharing; these issues should only last a minute or two at the most.

Enjoy!

AC

June 14, 2017: Welcome Ozzy!
Posted by AC

I'm honored to be able to say "Welcome" to our newest Cafe author, Ozzy! Keep your eyes open, he'll be posting his stories soon for your reading pleasure! Watch for him in the "Featured Stories" Section!

EDIT: His story "Open Hearts" now has all 11 existing chapters posted!

AC

June 11, 2017: Okay, okay! I hear you :)
Posted by JeffsFort

Well it's been four days since posting APTT's finale and I gotta say, I am blown away at how many people have not only read it in that short period of time but have even emailed to say how much they have enjoyed it. Thank-you all so much for the kind words and feedback. (and sorry to the small handful who felt it was too soon for it to be "The End". The characters made me do it.) But this isn't the reason for this post...

After relaunching the CSU story "Sentenced to Life" on both http://jeffsfort.com and http://cornercafe.us I got a lot of feedback thanking myself and our in house IT Akeentia for making it possible to translate the sometimes incoherent ramblings of the little android named Joey. This has, in almost each email I received asked for a way to translate the character's early speech impediment that the site can't automatically handle. Well, I'm listening to you all and realized that thanks to a need on http://storylover.us, there was an option that I believe will make you all happy. Chapters 6, 7 & 8 now have translations encoded that allow you to read the implied comment in plain English. I still recommend ignoring the translations and reading his comments phonetically as that's how the little guy sounds but, for those comments that just aren't as obvious or for those who are missing part of the convo because of an inability to sound out the comments; click on the highlighted text in these three chapters. I used this feature to help out those who are "Joey Impaired" and think it will help out :)

Hope this helps to make the experience enjoyable for everyone!

Til the next update,
*HUGZ*
JeffsFort@gmail.com

June 7, 2017: Co-Hosted Story comes to a close...
Posted by JeffsFort

Hi everyone! I have some great news for you all and it just may put a few of you in shock. (I'll apologize in advance for spilled drinks or bruises from falling out of your chairs...)

As I had announced on my own site, the first story that I approached prior to re-launching was the first story I had attempted ever. I felt that if I was to start "tying up loose ends" it rightfully should be the story that has been waiting the longest for it's conclusion. Originally started back in 2003, "A Penny on the Train Tracks" (APTT) has waited nearly 14 years, stalling repeatedly throughout that time and leading most to believe that it would never be finished. It includes an "Afterword" which briefly explains the idea behind the story, why I feel I began writing it too soon and for all the wrong reasons, and why I now believe that the passage of time and lessons learned in the process gave APTT the message that I wanted it to have in the end after all. I'm very happy with how the story turned out and I hope you all are as well.

This also means that it's time for me to move on to the next story... Look out CSU fans, another tree is about to get shaken and I can't be held responsible for the nuts that fall out of it! Hehehe! I hope you enjoy the read!

*HUGZ*
- Jeff -
Jeffsfort@gmail.com

May 24, 2017: Latest Posts
Posted by AC

Okay, now that I'm caught up with reading all of them .....

BillW Has been busy lately - multiple chapters of Butterflies Fly Free AND multiple chapters of The Castaway Hotel, Book 2!

I really hope that you are enjoying them as much as I am - and I am sure I can say that we're all waiting anxiously to see what happens next!

Have a great day!

AC

May 17, 2017: RSS Feed
Posted by AC

If you didn't see it next to the title for this section - there is an RSS feed to tell you when we post news. One thing that we have discovered is that some readers need to use a WWW. in front of the site name - if you have issues, try that!

AC

May 15, 2017: More Shots Fired!
Posted by AC

It seems that our favorite programmer is busy today... The Story Lover's Home just had a major design update, and it launched today! http://storylover.us

 

NOTE: Due to the amount of updates that go with the site launches, we highly recommend that you look at the expanded full-page list of newest chapters to get caught up on everything that has went live over the weekend!

May 14, 2017: RUN FOR COVER!
Posted by AC

Lookout Internet - things are about to go insane again!

The Fort Family is proud to announce the return of Jeff's Fort to the internet! Go to http://jeffsfort.com and check it out!

Don't say I didn't warn ya - awesome is back!

AC

May 13, 2017: And in other news ...
Posted by AC

Not only do we have the honor of Ace joining us, but we've also got the long-awaited chapter 23 of memories Part 3! Look out, the guys are having fun, and we all know what kind of trouble that can cause!

Also - I added another outtake - look for CSPRD1 in the Outtakes :)

AC

May 13, 2017: Hey Guys!
Posted by Ace

Hello everyone, my name is Ace. As AC said in the last update, I'm the new guy around here! I'm super excited to be a part of the team, it looks like I've got big footsteps to follow around here.

Hope everyone is ready for the organized chaos of my writing, I'm just getting started!

- Ace

May 13, 2017: Welcome!
Posted by AC

The Cafe is pleased to welcome our new author, Ace, to the Corner Cafe Featured Authors!

I hope everyone enjoys his stories!

AC

May 12, 2017: Weekly update
Posted by AC

Bill W has been busy - lots more Castaway Hotel: The Next Generation, as well as another story by him called "Butterflies Fly Free"

Check them out, and keep your eyes open, as there are more surprises coming!

AC

May 4, 2017: Bill W has been having some fun!
Posted by AC

For those who missed it, Bill W has been busy with adding multiple chapters of Castaway Hotel, The Next Generation to his section of the Cafe! If you haven't checked it out yet, you're missing an awesome read!

AC

April 20, 2017: Update on story status
Posted by AC

I'm still here - I'm waiting for one section to finish off the next chapter of Memories, and if I can stop working long enough I have the plotline for the next chapter in my head. (20 days in a row tends to kill writing time!

I just added a foreward to Memories Part 2 to help explain the "character shock" that was pointed out - Hopefully it helps a lot!

I'm pushing to get more up soon!

AC

March 12, 2017: Features and more
Posted by AC

Hey all!

Sorry about the lack of posts - but real life hit hard, including the flu!

First off, TSL has been helping out with adding new chapters and stuff on the site - while he didn't announce it, things are updated in the "Newest Chapters" area. Also, Akeentia has been doing his magic in the background, adding new features to the site like being able to look at the complete list of updates instead of just the last 5! Let's all give him a big hand for his awesome work!

Also, the "Features" section has gained another entry - thanks to our friends over at ShackNation, there is now an image gallery available, which we have already started populating. While this will take you off the Cafe and open in a new window, the ShackNation site is hosted by the Fort Family just like the Cafe, so you can rest assured that it is a quality site.

One of the new gallery images is a CGI render of Cory, Sean, Kyle, and JJ - I think you'll like it!

There is more on the way!

Hugzzz,

AC

EDIT: We dug out some files that we saved from our authors when they lost their minds - look for the scenes from the CSU under the author "Outtakes" for a good laugh!

AC

March 6, 2017: Important petition
Posted by AC

This petition is close to my heart - not only was my great-grandfather deaf, but at least 2 Cafe authors and at least 2 Cafe readers are either partially or completely deaf. Please sign the petition below to require professional music videos to have captioning. This link will take you off-site!

Require Subtitles on Music Videos

February 21, 2017: February 20, 2017
Posted by The Story Lover

Tonight we have  three new stories from our newset author Arthur The Twilight Galaxy Motel with Chapters One and Two.  He also brings Chapters One  through Ten of Book One of The Last Shaman and Chapters One and Two of its companion story The Runner.

February 6, 2017: It's still Christmas?
Posted by The Eggman

Well, in Franklin, NJ, it is.

Neil, Rich, Alex and Ronnie have been left alone for the evening, and the pre-Christmas fun is continuing.

Check out Neil And Rich Chapter 9 to experience the joyous times for yourself!

January 28, 2017: New author on the Cafe!
Posted by AC

Hey all!

Please give a warm welcome to the Cafe's newest author, Arthur!

To start things off today, the entirety of his story Drummer Boy (the first book of the series) is in the process of being placed on the site as we speak. As of now, I have the first 21 chapters in place so that you can start reading while I'm posting the rest of the chapters!

Enjoy, I think this is an AWESOME story!

Update!

All 28 chapters of Drummer Boy (Book 1) are now live!

AC

January 22, 2017: A little fright to keep you warm!
Posted by AC

Nothing like a little scary story to keep you warm, and Eric Aune has delivered with TWO of his stories from Halloween competitions! Check them out!

This is My Life?

You Can't Go Back

Enjoy!

AC

January 15, 2017: A Bill W Weekend!
Posted by AC

Hey all!!

More fun for everyone - Bill W has released the first 4 chapters of Castaway Hotel: Next Generation Book 2 to the Cafe! You can find it at the  CH:NG2 Navigation Page !

Enjoy the read, and have a great week!

AC

January 1, 2017: Happy New Year 2017
Posted by AC

From all of us to all of you, have an AWESOME 2017!

To kick off the year, we have a DOUBLE-SHOT from our favorite Cajun, Boudreaux !!

I hope you enjoy the new chapters! Have a great year!

AC

December 31, 2016: Kickin' out 2016 and welcoming in 2017
Posted by The Eggman

Neil And Rich Chapter 8 Pick up where we left, joining four gay teens as they celebrate the holidays.

Here's wishing all our readers the best in 2017, and a very warm "Thank You!" for 50,000 chapter views in the five weeks since we changed the site design. You folks rock!

December 23, 2016: Merry Christmas from the Cafe Authors!
Posted by AC

With the holidays here, everyone needs a good Christmas story to warm their hearts. There are quite a few here on the Cafe, and a little dragon told me that The Story Lover has something up his sleeve as well! (I'll update this announcement as soon as I find out what it is!)

UPDATE  12-24-16: TSL has slipped a HUGE present under the tree! Way back when, the Fort Family Forums held Christmas Story contests ... TSL has recovered and re-posted those stories in one easy-to-use combined list. Head over to The Story Lover's Home (Opens in a new window) to check out the 40 PLUS stories - including TWO NEW ones by TSL!!!  Merry Christmas!

With that in mind, here's a short list:

(I'm sure I missed one somewhere!)

Christmas Update!

Thanks to TSL, one of his CSU stories that was missed is now available on the Cafe!

Enjoy, and may your Holiday Season be blessed no matter how you celebrate it!

AC

December 19, 2016: Holiday Season Updates
Posted by The Eggman

Happy Holidays to all our readers! We're ringing out 2016 and ringing in 2017 with our gifts to you.

December 4, 2016: A Catch-up weekend!
Posted by AC

Hey all -- This weekend we're catching up on some backlog - so there's more slipping in!

November 27, 2016: The First new chapters....
Posted by AC

To celebrate the new design, new story chapters are now appearing!

I have started it off with two chapters of Memories, and there will be other stories in the next few days if all goes as planned!

AC

EDIT: The posted stories are as follows for our celebration, since as we locate small formatting issues we are updating chapters:

 

November 27, 2016: Welcome to the improved Corner Cafe!
Posted by AC

Hey all;

Welcome to the new and improved redesign of the Corner Cafe!  I hope that you find it much easier to navigate, and that it becomes your first stop for stories that are on multiple sites!

You will note that we have broken stories down into categories, as well as giving a full list of the authors on the site. Also, if you select the "Stories" entry in the top toolbar, you will get a list of every story that we host.

Many thanks to Akeentia for his hard work in making the platform the site runs on, plus even more thanks for helping me and Eggy migrate the almost 1800 chapters that make up the stories on the site.  Also, thanks to the beta testers who have helped us ensure everything was ready for a smooth launch!

I really hope that you find this design much easier to use! Feel free to drop a message to us if you catch something we missed.

Hugz!

AC

November 26, 2016: The Great Migration
Posted by Akeentia

All stories have been migrated to the new site!